ALAMEDA, Calif. -- While linebacker Miles Burris could be activated for the Oakland Raiders' home game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, the plan for left tackle Jared Veldheer is to make his season debut in the Thanksgiving Day game at the Dallas Cowboys.
Burris was activated to the 53-man roster on Wednesday from the physically unable to perform list after rehabbing from offseason knee surgery.
“He’s a guy we have to work in,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Burris, who started 15 games at weakside linebacker as a rookie in 2012. “We won’t just throw him out there on Sunday and expect him to take 60 snaps. He’s a guy who we felt like was healthy enough that he could help us. I want to try and get an opportunity to get him in the game. We’ll see how he does.
“I would envision that, as we work him in, that he’ll have a bigger role on special teams. We’ll see how much we’re able to get him in the game as a linebacker.”
Veldheer, meanwhile, was recuperating from surgery in training camp in his left triceps on the reserve/injured – designated to return list until beginning practice on Nov. 13.
Khalif Barnes has manned the left tackle position in his absence. But might Barnes move inside to left guard to help shore up that side of the line?
“I’m not sure,” Barnes said. “Once again, that’s something that [Allen] and [O-line coach] Tony Sparano decide and whatever they want to do, I’m totally behind. I’m here for whatever the team needs and I’ve kind of been like that since I’ve been here.”
Barnes was supposed to play right tackle but after Veldheer went down, rookie Menelik Watson also was injured so Barnes moved to the left side.
Could Barnes see himself at left guard?
“Hey, man, you never know,” he said. “I’ve done a little bit in ’09, played the Chargers game there, but like I said, whatever it takes, man, I’m going to try and do it.
“Whatever direction, whatever they want to do, I’m totally cool with it.”